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Air Quality Conformity

Public Comment Period

DVRPC invites the public to review and comment on the "Draft Transportation Conformity Demonstration: Addendum for the FY 2015 Pennsylvania TIP". This addendum is triggered by the amendment to two regionally significant projects in the FY 2015 Pennsylvania TIP (MPMS number 57851 "Plank Road Improvements" and MPMS number 17782 "Adams Avenue Connector"). This conformity finding was developed in cooperation with DVRPC's planning partners and the Transportation Conformity Interagency Consultation Group. We have opened a public comment period (ending 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on February 16, 2016) to allow the public an opportunity to comment on the draft conformity finding.

Public comments must be submitted in writing in order to be incorporated in the public record. DVRPC encourages the public to submit comments on the "DRAFT Transportation Conformity Demonstration: Addendum for FY 2015 Pennsylvania TIP" by email to tip-plan-comments@dvrpc.org; by faxing to (215) 592-9125; by mailing to DVRPC at the address at the bottom of this page, Attention TIP/Plan/Conformity Comments; or by using the "Draft Conformity Comments" button below. If you are unable to submit comments by these standards, please contact DVRPC at (215) 238-2817 for assistance. After consideration of public comment, the DVRPC Board may adopt the conformity determination with any recommended changes at the February 25, 2016 Board meeting.

On September 30, 2015, the DVRPC Board adopted the "Transportation Conformity Determination: FY 2015 Pennsylvania TIP, FY 2016 New Jersey TIP, and Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan". This is the current transportation conformity determination and replaces the previous determination adopted in July 2014.

The Federal Clean Air Act and the transportation planning provisions of Title 23 and Title 49 of the United States Code are intended to ensure that integrated transportation and air quality planning occurs in the areas that do not or previously have not met the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These areas, known as nonattainment or maintenance areas, require a process to demonstrate that transportation projects included in the region's long-range plan [Plan] or Transportation Improvement Program [TIP] are not going to impede a region's progress towards meeting or maintaining the federal air quality standards.

Transportation conformity is the federally mandated, analytical process, through which Metropolitan Planning Organizations [MPO] demonstrate that the transportation investments, strategies and programs, included in the Plan and TIPs are consistent with air quality goals established in State Air Quality Implementation Plans [SIP] for achieving the NAAQS. Conformity demonstrations show that emissions from projects in transportation plans do not exceed the SIP targets ("budgets") for emissions from mobile sources.

The nine-county DVRPC planning area is part of:

  • Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City Ozone Non-Attainment Area
  • Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE PM2.5 Non-Attainment Area
  • New York - Northern New Jersey - Long Island, NY-NJ-CT PM2.5 Non-Attainment Area
  • Three Carbon Monoxide(CO) Maintenance Areas.

Adopted Conformity Document

The DVRPC Board adopted the following document in September 2015. This is the CURRENT Transportation Conformity document for:

  • the FY 2015-2018 TIP for Pennsylvania,
  • the FY 2016-2019 TIP for New Jersey,
  • and the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan.

This Conformity determination was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation in December 2015.

For more information on transportation conformity, visit FHWA or EPA webpages.